“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”2 Peter 3:13
Tomorrow the calendar marks the first day of spring, a time of rebirth and renewal. Today plants are growing, flowers are blooming, and animals are nursing their young. The whole earth appears to be renewing itself.
Easter is also a time of rebirth and renewal when we celebrate our own rebirth and renewal accomplished by the cross and resurrection. It’s a renewal not only for us, but also for all creation which eagerly awaits its freedom from the effects of sin.
God’s plan is to create a new heaven and earth which will be our home of righteousness for eternity. The desert will bloom with flowers (Isaiah 35:1-2). There will be a never-ending growing season and abundant harvest (Amos 9:13). Violence among animals will end as wolves, lambs, lions, oxen and bears lie down together (Isaiah 11:6-9). We will eat from the tree of life (Revelation 22:2). There will be no more night (Revelation 22:5).
All of this will be for us because of the cross and resurrection. Oh, what a gift and future our Savior has planned for us!
“We are declared Christ’s righteousness because Christ is our righteousness so that we will be fit for the land in which righteousness dwells.” (Matt Chandler)